(Jeune homme came to stay with us over the long holiday weekend, so I decided to take a couple of days off. Catching up today.)
My mini-rant in last Friday’s “shopping my closet” post about the current selection of available clothing styles (or lack therof) felt a bit as if I’d come full circle. When I began blogging in 2007, I often bemoaned the lack of what I called “grown up clothes.”
A style wish list
At the time, I was still somewhat invested in the concept of age appropriate style. And I was caught up in the fascination with French style*. But I ultimately realized that what I was looking for wasn’t a demographic-driven aesthetic, but a personal one.
I’ve done a lot of experimenting over the years, and have evolved my style to incorporate more color. But many of the same style attributes I was searching for at the beginning are still on my wish list:
- simple but sophisticated
- sleek, nothing too bulky or oversized
- structured but not stiff
- quality fabric and construction
- a touch of wit, a little quirky
When I had my color and style analysis two years ago and my Style Personality Profile was assessed as Gamine, it was a confirmation of what I’d always been drawn to style-wise. (I’ve since added “Natural” as a modifier, which incorporates some texture and fluidity.)
The Style Personality Profiles
Style Personality Profiles are a tool to help create cohesion and harmony, and a wardrobe that suits the individual. An image consultant will make an assessment based on a combination of physical and personality attributes. Your personal profile will suggest which cuts, fabrics, and details will help bring your best self forward. You may find that you are a blend of two or more profiles.
Here are the 10 Personality Profiles:
- The Diva/Dramatic: flamboyant, over the top, intense, can be a little bit scary. Think Annie Lennox, Grace Jones, Lady Gaga, Rhianna
- The Classic: Elegant, well-groomed, understated and chic. Think Grace Kelly, Duchess of Cambridge, Kristin Scott Thomas, Cate Blanchett.
- The Huntswoman/Natural Classic: Sporty yet elegant, relaxed yet put-together. Think Meryl Streep, Jennifer Anniston, Princess Diana.
- The Adventurer/Natural: Sporty, outdoorsy, relaxed and wholesome, needs easy, textured styles. Think: Lauren Hutton, Ali McGraw, Julia Roberts.
- The Gamine: neat, cute, fun, funky. Think Audrey Hepburn, Emma Watson, Carey Mulligan, Ellen DeGeneres.
- The Princess: pretty, delicate, feminine, with small-scale, petite features. Think Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried.
- The Bohemian/Natural Romantic: Feminine, sexy, glamorous, earthy. Think: Drew Barrymore, Lisa Kudrow, Kate Winslet, Lily Tomlin.
- The Starlet: Pretty, softly sexy. Think Reese Witherspoon, Christina Ricci, Marilyn Monroe, Scarlett Johansson.
- The Romantic: Glamorous, sophisticated, ultra-feminine and usually curvy. Think: Christina Hendricks, Elizabeth Taylor, Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey.
- The Gypsy/Musketeer: Theatrical, flamboyant, exciting and earthy. Think Helena Bonham Carter, Debra Messing, Salma Hayek.
shirt (similar) | bag (similar) | wrap bracelet | cuff | jeans | espadrilles
This discussion of the profiles with Annie Castaño and Ivana Nohel of Castanohel goes into more depth:
The best style for each of us is one that feels authentic and allows us to shine. Some people come by that instinctively, while others find guidelines helpful. The concept of Style Personalities isn’t intended to impose rules or put anyone in a box. To me, it’s a helpful framework to quantify and understand WHY something works or doesn’t. Understanding your style personality can help prevent expensive shopping mistakes, and assist in building a cohesive wardrobe of pieces that we’ll actually WEAR.
*it only took a couple of visits to Paris to understand that what’s often presented as French style is a small subset of what women actually wear. There are some commonalities, but much more diversity than most “French girl” articles might lead us to believe.
Do any of the Style Personality Profiles resonate with you?